The neck and facelift are frequent concerns for patients ages 40 and over due to gravitational pull and the loss of elasticity on the skin.

The appearance of a sagging neck and “the turkey gobbler” effect, heavy jowls, and downturned corners of the mouth give a person a tired and old appearance, even though on the inside, one feels much younger than one appears.

To address this, a neck and facelift can be accomplished and is frequently successful in achieving the goal of being “rested, younger, and rejuvenated”.

Traditionally, this has been done with general anesthesia in a hospital or surgery center, requiring overnight stays for 1 or 2 days. However, over the past decade these operations have been done in procedure rooms and surgery centers with local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. I have been performing this procedure over the past 3 to 4 years with oral sedation (Valium) and local anesthesia. The reasoning for doing the procedure under local anesthesia is that recovery is much faster and more cost-effective.

The concept of the Lesavoy Luxury Lift (LLL) is that the patient arrives in the morning, vital signs are monitored throughout the procedure, an oral sedative (Valium) is given to the patient (no IV’s needed), and once in a nice rested or sedated state, the local anesthesia injections are administered. The numbing process of the face is accomplished within 30 seconds.

Subsequently, under sterile and operating room conditions, the procedure is performed. Once completed, the patient is bandaged and returns home. The patient returns to the office in 24 hours where they are examined and the bandage is changed.

The patient will be presentable or able to be in public in about 2 weeks. The healing process continues over the next couple of months when all swelling should resolve, but the swelling is not apparent outwardly to others.

Of primary importance is that the post-operative result is “natural”. The usual comments are, “Did you just change your hair? Did you just come back from vacation? Are you working out more? Are you using different makeup? Etc.”

The Lesavoy Luxury Lift is a rejuvenating procedure and restores the laxity and elasticity of the skin. The goal is for the patient to achieve the desired result – a more youthful, rested and rejuvenated appearance without someone saying “oh, you’ve had a facelift”.

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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon